Main Street Realtors
I am here to present this new book: Homownership,
A Gay Friendly Guide to Purchasing and Profiting from Real Estate and Attaining Self Reliance and Financial Security in the Process.
We gay people are educated, motivated, tenacious and aware. We see the world around us and continue to improve our place in it. In the big picture, we have made significant strides in our quest and right for civil liberties. We have staked our claim in society and continue to grow in places where we are not. One place we are not is the real estate market. We should own a more substantial share of it. By not having any significant presence in the market, we are letting potential to be pulled out from under us, and as a result, we are being pushed out of our neighborhoods.
I read an interesting article here on GetOutLB.Com entitled, There Goes the Gayborhood. It was an excerpt of the book by the same name, written by Armin Ghaziani. The article discusses the shift in population from gay to straight in many notable gay neighborhoods. Due to increased desirability of newly gentrified city districts, the growing acceptance of same sex couples, and the upward mobility of gays and lesbians, we are being slowly eased out. He wrote, “…further “de-gaying” of these areas could produce a loss of cultural identity and voting power for the LGBT community….from politics to poetry, to music and fashion…we need to continue to find meaningful ways to preserve these culturally important spaces.”
I believe his assertions to be true. It would be a depressing defeat to lose the cultural identity that we have worked so hard to establish.
We must however acknowledge and adjust to the actuality that “acceptance” is not enough. We need to adapt to society as it adapts to us. We need to step up and include ourselves in the real estate market, and literally own it- not rent- own! By owning, we take control of our financial lives, and our futures.
I suppose we can look upon the article’s “gay flight” as a loss. We can no longer enjoy the exclusivity of those gay enclaves. We have fallen victim to the greedy capitalist ways of the real estate seller. In truth, the seller, the owner, the mortgagee welcomes the opportunity to clear the deck of his distressing debts, particularly if he can walk away with a profit. Who wouldn’t?
With such low interest rates and a lower inventory of properties for sale, sellers are finding plenty of qualified buyers who are ready, willing and able to strap on a 30-year mortgage.
We’re not victims here, more like unwitting volunteers.
We can’t all be upwardly mobile, flag waving, sign carrying,
gay marching bohemians that move from one gay ghetto to another. Nor can we be so naïve as to think that our growing acceptance in society is enough to earn us security in it. It is not. Security is not earned. It is bought and paid for.
You may be thinking, “But hey, we’re gay (and not for pay). We’re not about money. We’re about social equality, justice, fairness!” Yes, we are for all those things and more, but we can also be about making a buck. It takes money to advance our political and social agendas. It takes money to advance ourselves.
One way to do that is through timely, intelligent real estate investing. We may get a little dirty along the way. Real estate is not always pretty, but well worth the elbow grease.
We can achieve self reliance and financial independence through real estate. Our success will not only be measured by our higher bank balances, but by our increased physical presence and improved financial prominence in our gayborhoods and on Main Street of mainstream America.
Homeownership is an aspiration many people have. From an early age it is instilled in us as part of the American dream. We were taught that buying a home is as much a part of the pattern of life as courtship, engagement, marriage and having children. Fine, but what if that’s not a pattern you want to follow? Where do you fit in? Is there an American dream for you? Yes there is, and it’s time to make it a reality.
Some of you have an interest in home buying, but were never taught the basics and benefits of it. You are “buy-curious,” but never had the opportunity to follow anyone’s example. This book is for you. You all have varying degrees of understanding, but for one reason or another haven’t done anything about it.
Life gets busy and time goes by. Well, here’s an opportunity to catch up with some gay friendly guidance.
The goal of Homownership is to inform and encourage those of you who are still sitting on the fence waiting, wanting or needing something to happen, something to get you going.
It’s 179 pages of practical info, insight, inspiration, stories, examples, references and humor. If you don’t get what you need in these pages, the fence will still be there, but you owe it to yourself to give it a read. The proceeds of the book go to LGBT support organizations, so it’s a win-win.
The topics covered in this book are Mortgages, Mentorship, the Home Buying Process, Income Property, Condos, Townhouses, Tax Perks, HGTV Hotties, Fuck You Money and many more.
Read, learn and enjoy the information in Homownership.
Get a clear sense of the property buying process, why you should buy real estate, and how it will change your life.
It’s time to move forward, to earn ourselves more money, more security. No more renting! We’re here and queer, and we’re not going anywhere, so let’s own it! Let’s improve our personal potential by attaining financial freedom! Real Estate can get us there. C’mon. Let’s go!